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The Communist Manifesto [Kindle Edition]

Friedrich Engels , Karl Marx
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  • Print Length: 70 pages
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  • Language: English
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Basics of Communism and Its Effects on the Proletarian August 19, 2014
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Communist Ideology briefly explained in complex terminology. The reader is taken through the history of origination of Communism with emphasis on the need to stabilize the living standards of the people of the world under one common principle of equality.
Some basic principles of Communism like abolition of private property acquiring rights, abolition of inheritance rights and nationalization of production are worth noting down. The emergence of the powerful Bourgeois (middle class) from the feudal lordship and its dominance over a period of time leading to subjugation of the Proletarian (working class) has given a new meaning to Communist ideology.
The major aim of Communism is to raise the Proletarian to the stage of political ruling class thus overthrowing the Bourgeois supremacy. The Communists therefore support every revolutionary movement against the existing social and political order of things in the Bourgeois society.
The reader might not understand many terms used by the authors unless and until he has an idea about the economic scenario of his country. Quite complex at times and the ideology goes above the heads of many until read more than once. This hand book gives the basic idea of how a Communist Manifesto works but does not spell out much about the benefits of the ideology at large. It could have been better if some illustrations were included in between, for easy understanding.

My rating is 2.5 out of 5
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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A concept born in a simpler time used as an excuse for many things from Socialism to controlled capitalism. As with any pivotal work, one should read it for his/her self. There is always the chance of misinterpretation by an individual, but if you do not read this then you are just accepting someone's word anyway.

This is more than an economics book it is a way of life. It sounds good on paper but makes many assumptions. Instead of worrying about workability, look at the logic that is built on assumptions of that time (written, in 1848). Add this to your library.

You can pick a side (pro or con) and make a stand if you like; but look at the size of this book and realize that many people will just use the title and build their own case. You will have read the real thing.

Be sure to balance it with "The Capitalist Manifesto" by Louis O. Kelso

The Capitalist Manifesto by Louis O. Kelso and Mortimer J. Adler
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5.0 out of 5 stars review of product June 23, 2013
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a good and accessible edition. Print size makes reading easy and the kindle makes an essential text very available for me
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A dated work, soon after its publication on February 21, 1848.

It should be stressed for the novice to this subject, all three volumes of Capital provide a scientific explanation, as Marx put it, of how the Capitalist system works from the perspective that labor is the underlying essence of all value. If one accepts the basic assumptions made early in Chapter 1 of Capital, Volume 1--that abstract labor is the source of value(1)--Marx's logic flows well, not only through Volume 1, but all the way through Volume 3.

If one is looking to fault Marx's economics based on the works of Capital, one will come up empty not only because Marx's logic is flawless, but as economist and former Marxist Thomas Sowell says, " ...Marx considered the idea of proving a concept to be ridiculous. Moreover, Engels had asserted...that one only proves one's ignorance of dialectics by thinking of it as a means by which things can be proved."(2)

However, there was one instance where Marx let his dialectical guard down, allowing for an empirical objection that would consign all of Marx's works for naught. Sowell himself touches upon the specific passage where Marx cornered himself, but doesn't appreciate the full ramifications of Marx's observation.

In the "The Poverty of Philosophy" (1847) Marx says, "In acquiring new productive forces men change their mode of production; and in changing their mode of production, in changing the way of earning their living, they change all their social relations. The handmill [a productive force] gives you society with the feudal lord, the steam-mill [a productive force], society with the industrial capitalist.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like communist ideals. January 19, 2015
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Good reading. Makes me realize now that I had an entirely wrong concept of communism. Communism is actually much more in favor of humanity than I was led to believe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book January 27, 2014
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It's neat how something that was written so long ago still has the ability to clearly explain things that are still happening today.
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First, I did not agree with it. It is a good read in order to understand another political view point. It places little value on religion. The individual is inferior to the State. Capitalism is evil. This book is a good book to read to understand what Communism is all about. I'll read it again and take notes this time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended March 21, 2014
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"A specter is haunting Europe—the specter of Communism."

PROs:

* One of the most influential books of all time that changed the world

* Unique view of how history has progressed

* Compelling critique of capitalism

* Introduces a completely novel economic system

CONs:

* Many of the complaints lodged against capitalism do not hold nearly as much weight now

* Hard to fully comprehend without a pretty good understanding of European history and economic history

"The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles. Freeman and slave, patrician and plebeian, lord and serf, guildmaster and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed."

The Communist Manifesto covers a very large amount of information in a very short amount of time. This inevitably means that the statements made are not fully supported, but this is not the point of a manifesto, the purpose of which is to powerfully and coherently state a set of goals for a particular party.

I think the first part of the manifesto was the most interesting. In it a unique (but brief) evaluation of history is given, with Marx's famous "class struggle" statement. It is concluded that all antagonisms and conflicts in history have their root in class warfare (nobleman and serf, freeman and slave, etc.) Up until Marx's time, each epoch in history had many different classes, and each time a lower classes would rebel against the upper class minority, the only thing accomplished would be a reconstructed class system with the same root problem.
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